COMS 354 Youth and Media_Syllabus_Winter 2018.doc

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COMS 354 Youth and Media Concordia University Department of Communication Studies Dr. Stefanie Duguay Winter 2018 Thursday 1:15pm – 4:00pm, CJ 4.240 Office Location: CJ 4.425 Office Hours: Wednesdays 3:00pm – 5:00pm or by appointment Email: [email protected] Include COMS354 in subject line; responses generally sent within 24 business hours. Calendar Description This course explores the forms of communication that have developed between media and youth, including children and adolescents. Topical areas include future policies and planning in the light of developmental needs, ethical parameters, and experiments in creative empowerment. Prerequisites 300-level courses, unless otherwise indicated, are open to students who have successfully completed 24 university credits or who have received permission from the Department. Course Description While the topics of youth and media encompass a broad range of areas, this course will focus on young people’s engagement with new media. It will explore shifting concepts of youth with respect to emerging communications technologies. This will give rise to discussion about the production and regulation of young people’s media practices: who determines policies and regulations? How are these deployed? How do young people forge their own approaches to constructing identity and connecting with others through digital and mobile media? The course will examine the involvement of new and digital media in young people’s everyday lives, from their role in young people’s participation in communities and public dialogue to their potential to drive new forms of civic engagement. 1 Course objectives/learning outcomes Gain an understanding of shifting concepts and perspectives related to youth and media; Grasp the perceptions, stakeholders, and processes involved in production and regulation of youth media and young people’s media practices; Cultivate a critical lens and repertoire of perspectives for examining and discussing youth-related media and practices; Investigate youth-driven media and the role of media in young people’s everyday lives, public participation, and civic engagement; Strengthen critical thinking, formal writing, and digital communication skills. 1 This course has been developed with input from scholars who have taught similar courses and experts in this area, including Stuart Poyntz, Meryl Alper, Elizabeth Dubois, Jarrod Walczer, Michael Dezuanni, Stephen Harrington, Dan Greene, and Ian Reilly. Thank you for your suggestions and sharing past syllabi. 1
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Course materials All readings and related materials will be available through Concordia Reserve. Required readings are marked and listed first for each week; additional readings are provided for further exploration and for application to course assignments. I reserve the right to make changes to the syllabus during the semester as necessary, with the goal of fully addressing class needs and improving your learning experience.
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